I think because it is called a 'PGCE' that the international version would still have value for those who want to further themselves by teaching overseas in international schools, as opposed to language schools. One 'PGCE' would look to the outsider much like another. The course would also bear the stamp of the UK university running it and result in the issue of a shiny certificate for schools and countries which value that kind of thing (Thailand springs to mind as such a country). I wouldn't know whether the content of the international PGCE is that much different from the domestic UK one.
I can see that it would be a useful qualification if you were employed at an international school and needed 'a PGCE' to bring your qualifications to the same level as the other teaching staff but avoid the expense and time of returning to the UK for the better-known domestic version.
Most of the Internationals (UK ones) require the QTS which comes with a home-grown PGCE and are unlikely to view the 'International' version (Professional Graduate Certificate in Education which concentrates heavily on the theory of teaching) very favourably with regards to Classroom Teacher positions or Subject teaching. IMHO.
Last edited by WhatsGrammar?; 21st October 2009 at 03:21.
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Sure. Go with the MEd's or the MATESOL (or Applied Linguistics) or look at the joint MATESOL & Applied Linguistics which is offered by the Uni of Leicester (Distance-learning).
I have QTS but having decided years ago that I am not interested in teaching in the UK anymore I found the MA from Leicester Uni very helpful. Certainly increases your future career options and financial status.
Does that make sense?
Last edited by WhatsGrammar?; 21st October 2009 at 03:36. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
The skills test is mandatory in England, but not Wales - dunno about Scotland & Ireland...
but yeah work not completed to masters level = professional grad comp ed = no QTS
Sorry to bump this thread, but it remains to be answered --
• WHAT's the Distance PGCE from the University of Nottingham like?
• Do you get a shiny certificate saying "you are now God" at the end?
• What's the workload like?
• Can you apply for the course if you've done a bachelor's degree in Design, have been teaching for 7 years in a Thai government school and can draw really really nice and put on brilliant presentations?
I'm about to apply. I need 'certification' and I can't really go back to school (physically) because I have 2 kids and a wife to support here in Bangkok. Between this PCGE(i) and the course being run at Chulalongkorn University (in which the contact person never answers email), I'm really leaning toward doing the PGCE.
I wish I could afford to make just a dollar a year.
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